Faro y Castillo de Santa Ana

Faro y Castillo de Santa Ana, Castro Urdiales: Address, Faro y Castillo de Santa Ana Reviews: 4.5/5

Faro y Castillo de Santa Ana

Faro y Castillo de Santa Ana
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L C
Bath, UK1,152 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Just a short stroll from the Iglesia de Santa Maria is this impressive Castle and Lighthouse commanding views over the stunning coast and town and a Roman Arch/Bridge thrown in for free! There appeared to be an elevator for access, although we did not go inside.
Written May 6, 2018
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Calpea
Jersey, UK113 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Once again this feature stands out on the seafront and makes a lovely photograph with the bridge in the foreground. Well worth the effort of taking a pleasant stroll to view it.
Written March 30, 2018
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK12,687 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
The castle and lighthouse can be seen from all along the sea front and make a pleasant backdrop to the Roman Arch. The castle was completed in 1163 and lighthouse first operated in November 1853. The original plan was for the castle and church to form part of the towns defensive complex and proved useful during the War of Independence when French took over the town and a number of inhabitants were evacuated from here by English ships. The balcony area overlooking the sea gives panoramic views over the town and harbour, towards Bilbao harbour entrance and cemetery on the headland beyond Playa Ostende. The elevator on the far side next to entrance is an unattractive addition.
Written March 10, 2018
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cindyjack
Wales99 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
Looks really lovely at night when it is lit up, it can be seen for across the town and is a real landmark
Written January 26, 2018
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peetajohn
Norton, UK686 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
A lovely wander down the harbour to the castle.
The castle has been renovated and is a really nice spot with good views over the sea and harbour areas. Some interesting statues and relics - but as with lots of places in this area, very little translated into English.
However, this will not spoil your enjoyment of a lovely focal point of any visit to this town.
Written August 17, 2017
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indigor
Wales287 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Good option even on a damp day as lots to do. We took the metro to San Mames followed signs to terminus in 100metres and caught half hourly bus along coast to Castro Urdiales . Great town ,boats unloading mackerel , fishermen past and present chatting .Lots of cafes and restaurants and cheaper than Bilbao for good food . we walked around castle which had a painting exhibition and along over medieval bridge around the town few pintxos for lunch coffee overlooking the lovely harbour and view and picked up bus back in town square with its pollarded plane trees
Written March 22, 2017
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
After visiting the Iglesia de Santa Maria, we headed for the castle. There were no fees at all. The structure of the castle was there, offering many views over the city, but that was all.

Even though this castle looks monumental, it isn’t comparable to its olden days. It used to be that this castle and the church were part of the defensive complex, as well as the town walls. When the French occupied Castro Urdiales in 1831, many locals fled this place with their boats.

I wondered about the lighthouse that’s part of it. It was used for the first time in 1853.

I like the location though of this castle, right next to the church. It makes these two edifices quite attractive.

I certainly enjoyed the views from this castle.
Written November 10, 2016
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Jeff B
Snohomish, WA130 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
This is a cool old castle overlooking the port. Definitely worth seeing. Inside was a small collection of artwork which we didn't find to be all the entertaining. Spent about five minutes here. We were disappointed that we didn't get to see more of the interior.
Written August 23, 2016
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Bob P
Toronto550 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
Dating back to the 12th century, it's architecture is simple, yet imposing with it's pentagonal shape and cylindrical corner towers. From the castle are wonderful views of the sea, the port and the town. Within the compound there is a lighthouse built in 1853. This is described as one of the best preserved castles in northern Spain . The castle is located on a hill - right beside the fortified church of Santa Maria of the Assumption ( XIII century ), the ruins of an earlier church (St. Peter's XII century ) and near the port which has a lighthouse at the end of the pier - situated on the Bay of Biscay - Brazomar beach. The castle of Santa Ana, was built as a watchtower, attached to the castle via a bridge. Whether the church is open or not, the views and history itself are worth making the visit to this area. Also, important is that underground parking is close by, making this area very accessible. There are some pretty unique and lovely places to dine in the area, along with a beautiful promenade that has a lot to offer from beautiful views, to restaurants and shops. Not to mention the many other sights to see in the area.
Written July 26, 2015
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dave s
Bude, UK622 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
Church was closed. Ok ok I should have checked opening times in advance. The castle / lighthouse was given over to an art exhibition. Mildly interesting but I would have liked some information on the history, architecture, anything, in English ..... or German, or ???

The place looks incredibly interesting from a distance, but I left feeling quite disappointed that I'd not really seen much, and learned even less. It was raining heavily too. Maybe that had dampened my spirit !!
Written June 15, 2015
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